Words related to non-

nonchalant (adj.)

also non-chalant, "indifferent, unconcerned, careless, cool," 1734, from French nonchalant "careless, indifferent," present participle of nonchaloir "be indifferent to, have no concern for" (13c.), from non- "not" (see non-) + chaloir "have concern for," ultimately from Latin calere "be hot" (from PIE root *kele- (1) "warm"). French chaland "customer, client" is of the same origin. Related: Nonchalantly.

non-combatant (n.)

also noncombatant, "one connected with a military or naval force other than as a fighter" (surgeons, surgeons mates, pursers, secretaries, chaplains, etc.), 1799, from non- + combatant. A word from the Napoleonic wars. Gradually extended by 1820s to "a civilian in time of war."

non-combustible (adj.)

also noncombustible, "incapable, of catching fire,"1804, from non- + combustible.

non-commissioned (adj.)

of officers in the army, "not having a commission," 1703; see non- + commission (v.).

non-committal (adj.)

also noncommittal, "characterized by refusal to commit oneself, disinclined to express an opinion one way or another, free from pledge or entanglement of any kind," 1829, from non- + committal (adj.). Related: Non-committally.

non-communicant (n.)

"one who does not receive the holy communion," c. 1600, from non- + communicant.

non-compliance (n.)

also noncompliance, "failure or refusal to comply," 1680s, from non- + compliance. Related: Noncompliant.

nonconforming (adj.)

also non-conforming, "failing or refusing to conform," 1640s, from non- + conforming (see conform). Originally in religion, "refusing to follow the forms and regulations of the Church of England;" see nonconformist.

nonconformist (n.)

also non-conformist, "one who does not conform to some law or usage," 1610s, originally and especially of clergymen who adhered to Church of England doctrine but not its practice, from non- + conformist. After their ejection under the Act of Uniformity (1662) the name passed to the separate churches they joined or formed. In general use from 1670s as "one who does not participate in a practice or course of action." As an adjective from 1640s. Shortened form non-con is attested from 1680s.

nonconformity (n.)

also non-conformity, "neglect or failure to conform," especially to some ecclesiastical law or requirement, 1610s, coined in English from non- + conformity. Originally of Church of England clergymen who refused to conform on certain ceremonies (see non-conformist).

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